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coZara

4.3
191 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Japanese
Perfect For:
  • Casual
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Lunch
coZara is a true Japanese Izakaya, Japanese word for Gastro pub , small plates tapas style restaurant located in University City.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Japanese, Yakitori, Sushi
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday Through Friday 11:30-4pm

Dinner: Monday - Friday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(267) 233-7488
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Zama Tanaka
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
33rd
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 191 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.0
service
4.1
ambience
4.0
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79% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Food here is some of the best in the city and the good thing is not too many people know this.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Great place to get together with colleagues for a quick lunch and conversation.

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Took a full ten minutes to be greeted by wait staff in spite of the fact we were right in front of the bar near the kitchen. Food took exceedingly long (20 min) given it was three sushi rolls and required no cooking. The food was good, but the drinks held no allure.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

I unfortunately had some of the worst customers sitting at the table next to us and STILL managed to have a very enjoyable dinner! Amazing food, good service, great atmosphere. The upstairs deck is perfect for outdoor dining with none of the potential discomforts of rain. I will definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Came here on a whim for Saturday date night. Was very impressed with the quality of the food. I haven’t stopped thinking about it since I left two days ago. Everything about the food was fantastic, right down to the presentation. Highly recommend the bacon mazeman and the shrimp fried rice! Will definitely be back!

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4.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Food is reliably good. But menu is pretty stable so not a lot of choices unless eating Sushi.
Service average and server seemed distracted though pleasant. Restaurant is convenient to work which gives more time for meal.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

coZara has a great, balanced menu. There’s always something no matter what myself or my dinner companions are in the mood for. The truffled Brussel sprouts are amazing.

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Excellent food. Worth a trip. Service is fast.

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2.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Ok sushi. Very slow service. After the food finally arrived we ordered additional rolls but after waiting an hour we cancelled the order and got the check. Left hungry. Dirty plates were left on the table by the server throughout the meal. I would not go back to this restaurant.

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2.0Dined on March 16, 2018

My partner and I went to CoZara to celebrate our March birthdays. What a disappointment! The service was extremely slow and the waiters kept apologizing for "how crazy" and "backed up" things were in the kitchen. We waited a good 45 minutes for our meal. One of us was served an entrée while my partner continued to wait for her meal. The kitchen sent out a complimentary salad while the wait continued. The Yakatori was overdone and the rest of the food was mediocre at best. A long wait for a sub-standard meal. We will not go back nor recommend this place to friends.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Yummy and fast.

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Really good sushi and try the salmon skin nachos!

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Food was creative and inventive. Brussel sprouts & cauliflower were incredible! Sushi was very good. Great sake menu. I even loved the glass the sake came in. Our server was a bit snooty. But overall, I recommend this place.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

This is probably my single favorite in Philadelphia.
Creative Japanese fusion taken to the next level.
It's my"Go To" place!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Great spot for an Ash Wednesday/Valentine's Day combo lunch. Would have been 5 stars across, but too quite some time to get our check after we had finished. That might be the most minor of complaints on this site. Really enjoyed the food, atmosphere, and service.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Food was some of the best Asian fusion we have ever had. Service was also excellent :)
We will certainly be back and will recommend to others!

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3.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Excellent range of vegetarian and gluten free options. Kitchen got really backed up on the sushi items and they took a long time.

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4.0Dined on February 8, 2018

Great for a quick bite to eat. A friend and I came for dinner during a study break. I ordered the fried pork gyoza, a chicken thigh skewer, and the lunch portion of the spicy chicken ramen and would recommend all of them. Everything came out of the kitchen piping hot and in a fairly quick amount of time. The service was also great, as dishes were cleared and drinks were filled as soon as needed and without having to ask.

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1.0Dined on February 7, 2018

Horrible service. Rude and condescending staff. Avoid.

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2.0Dined on February 7, 2018

Sushi & rolls prices were outrageous and also the portions extremely small. the quality of the food was acceptable but did not justify the High price that this restaurant charges for.
Service was slow and a bit disorganized. Nothing special with the design of the place and the seating was not comfortable at all...
I will not recommend this place at all...

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1.0Dined on February 3, 2018

It used to be an excellent value. Went frequently when my daughter was a student at both Drexel and Penn. Had a date with my husband after a ball game at the Palestra. It was Horrendous. Food was not good, but our server was a nightmare. Her impatience, condescension and ultimately her indifference was intolerable. I will not return.

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5.0Dined on February 1, 2018

We were treated like VIP. James and Andrew, the managers were so great! From the second we walked in to the last. The head chef is out of this world. The food coming out of the kitchen and the sushi bar are awesome. Quick, fresh and delicious are just the top three words to describe how awesome the food is. We do enjoy Zama, but CoZara is our new favorite place. Hands down! Go and grab a happy hour bite or an entire meal. You won’t be disappointed.

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5.0Dined on January 21, 2018

My friend and I split 4 sushi rolls and I got the calamari salad. Total was under $30 and our waitress was very sweet, attentive, and fast. Totally would recommend. Their sushi is the best in town! So fresh and you can really taste the difference in their rice vs other sushi’s I’ve had.

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

First time here. Awesome! Fantastic menu with some of the best sushi in the city. Great with friends to share plates. We will be back!!

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5.0Dined on January 19, 2018

What a great place! We loved the casual vibe, the excellent food and service. The management was amazing, and service was great. Great food, and great prices.

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4.0Dined on December 30, 2017

coZara is a great place to enjoy good quality sushi. Simple, fresh and local joint. I definitely recommend it!

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4.0Dined on December 27, 2017

We came in about an hour and a half before closing time and there was only one other table there so the restaurant was rather quiet besides the sounds of cooking. Despite coming in so close to closing time, all of the table were still set and still looked nice, all menu options were available, and the food did not suffer in quality (quite the opposite actually).

My sister and I ordered a lot of small shareable dishes: fried pork gyoza, sukiyaki spring rolls, grilled okra, a few chicken thigh and new york strip skewers, fried calamari, and the spicy chicken ramen. It sounds like a lot of food but it was the optimal amount for us two young women. Everything tasted great and came out pipping hot except the the calamari. We had just gone to CoZara days earlier and they used a different coating (much better) for the calamari than they did for this visit. The coating on the calamari for this visit was too bready and ruined the dish. I definitely recommend sampling the menu by doing a lot of small dishes like we did.

The service was great. Both the manager and the one server ensured that our glasses stayed full and that our food wa brought to us as soon as it was ready. Being one of the only two tables there was great, like renting out the restaurant for a private dinner, so I would go late at night for service like that.

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5.0Dined on December 6, 2017

The food is just wonderful! Flavors and presentation can’t be beat! We’ll definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on December 4, 2017

I love Izakayas. They are really hard to come by, so I was thrilled to find CoZara. The food was delicious, and the space is beautiful. Can’t wait to come back with friends!

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5.0Dined on November 29, 2017

Sit upstairs! Great service, fantastic prices, and food! I will definitely be coming back. Our waiter Zach was attentive and patient, great guy.

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3.0Dined on November 25, 2017

Service is absolutely horrendous.. I would not recommend this restaurant unless you want to go for happy hour drinks & sushi/ sushimi rolls or appetizers. The food comes out whenever even though you have specified that you prefer to have the small plates first. I will not go back

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3.0Dined on November 17, 2017

We had a nice evening, nice people helping us, and time with friends.
The food was somewhat special, tasted good, but was not a 'bargain' price deal!

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5.0Dined on November 13, 2017

Try the truffle Brussel sprouts. They’re amazing!

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4.0Dined on November 8, 2017

It was overall a good experience, but the ramen noodle was not cooked well.

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4.0Dined on November 7, 2017

Two brothers from DC and NY needed a place close to the train station for lunch. We do this several times a year. Tried CoZara. Convenient, tasty, and not rushed. We will do it again

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3.0Dined on November 4, 2017

I thought the food was ok but not even close to the raving reviews I read.

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5.0Dined on November 2, 2017

VERY GOOD VERY GOOD

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4.0Dined on October 29, 2017

Have been several times with even non-sushi people and they love it too! Our go to spot near Drexel. Love it!

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2.0Dined on October 27, 2017

Disappointing food, value,
Crowded tables, loud.
However nice, decor

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5.0Dined on October 27, 2017

Very nice decor. AMAZING food. It was heavenly.

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